Bar/restaurant lives up to its reputation of good fried fish
There comes a point in the life of a lover of all things deep fried, when they can tell just how tasty an item will be, based on how the batter looks.
After ordering an appetizer of the Wedron Office's onion rings, I knew right away from their light, flaky texture it was going to be awesome.
There was no disappointment --- except maybe that I had ordered a half order ($5.50), instead of a full ($9.50), since they were so good.
The batter had the perfect amount of salt to complement the onion inside.
There was a strategy, however. I had to make room for the fried bluegill ($15.95), which I rarely see on restaurant menus.
The bluegill was what enticed me to visit the Wedron Office, a bar/restaurant at 2005 North 35th Road, just 15 minutes northeast of downtown Ottawa, with a reputation for serving up good fried chicken and fish.
The bluegill was served in six battered triangles encapsulating the fish fillet with a side of thick steak fries and salad. Diners have the choice of baked or mashed potatoes, or french fries (steak or thin-cut).
My dining colleague opted for the all-you-can-eat white fish with choice of potato and salad, the restaurant's Friday special ($12.95).
While I preferred the white fish after grabbing a small taste, the bluegill was worth the order. Both were battered and deep fried to perfection. The servings were plentiful and my colleague didn't have to opt for a Round 2 of his all-you-can-eat order.
The Office has a five-page menu, ranging from steaks, chicken, shrimp and fish, to tortellini and spaghetti, as well as burgers, classic breaded tenderloins, pizza, soups and appetizers, among other items --- several I want to try on my next trip. Diners also have a variety of beer, wine and cocktails.
The Office has specials each day of the week; Tacos, burritos and taco salad on Monday; a 10-ounce ribeye or New York steak ($14.50) on Tuesday; chicken and pasta on Wednesday; a quarter fried chicken and half slab of barbecue ribs on Thursday ($15.50); the prime rib on Saturday; and 10 wings ($7) on Sunday.
The outdoor seating was comfortable. Diners have the option to eat at circular tables with four seats, or at picnic tables --- all underneath an umbrella for shade. A radio played a country music station giving the restaurant's outdoor version a backyard barbecue vibe. Reservations are not required, but they are preferred. Carryout orders also are available.
While it may be rural, the Office is definitely worth a drive for anyone who is hankering for some good fried fish. Just look for the little red building behind the hanging Budweiser sign along 35th Road.
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IF YOU GO
WHERE: 2005 N. 35th Road, Wedron